Summer Enrichment Program
BOHEMIA Cares hosts an annual summer enrichment program in one of the most under-served communities in Arkansas, Bradley County. During the months of June and July, our program serves 24 youth ages 8-17. The purpose of this program is to promote self-love, harmony, and peace, spread mental health awareness, and foster social-emotional learning. Educational focus areas are literacy, career exploration, and career development. Lessons and activities are tailored and structured to meet the needs of all participants. We teach and reinforce positive behaviors that are beneficial to our emotional and physical well-being. Youth meet Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Field trips allow our little learners to have fun and become culturally enriched.
We host our annual Self-Love Conference in October. We expose attendees to a supportive network of professionals in behavioral health and educational fields. Our goal is to promote self-love while spreading mental health awareness. We aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health counseling. We hope to see an overall improvement in our attendees' health with an emphasis on their mental, social, and well-being. We expect our attendees to interact in a more socially acceptable way, increase awareness of behaviors that are beneficial to emotional and physical well-being, and decrease self-inflicting negative behaviors. We would be completely satisfied if we reduced the frequency of those negative issues in our day-to-day interactions, whether it is at school, at work, or in our neighborhoods. Lastly, we hope to see fewer mental illness occurrences in the state of Arkansas. The Self-Love Conference helps to improve the quality of life for families in our communities.
Self-Love & Soft Skills Instagram Live Chat
This program is designed to allow guests to share self-love and mental health testimonies. Guests are allowed to share personal coping strategies and self-care regimens. A mental illness survivor herself, Ms. V openly shares her story with the intent to help others avoid the pitfall of depression and anxiety. We know that we are not alone in this quest to erase the stigma associated with mental illness. Consequently, we allow our guests to share at their own comfort level. We want everyone to understand that mental health counseling is not for crazy people. It is for people who struggle with making day-to-day decisions. Some of those decisions require an unbiased and purposeful opinion from a mental health professional. Just know that therapy works! Sharing our stories helps us heal as well as others.
12 Days of Love
Our 12 Days of Love program was launched on December 1, 2019. We know that holiday seasons for most people is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many people, it is a time filled with depression, sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic is a huge stressor. Furthermore, being unable to travel, separation from family and friends, and the inability to go out for retail therapy will catapult some women into another level of depression this year. In 2019, we blessed FRIENDS of BOHEMIA Cares who were randomly chosen and gifted as a token of our appreciation.
We host our 12 Days of Love event on December 1-12. We believe that this thoughtful initiative will help us fulfill our mission by adding another valuable program that puts a smile on a cherished Queen’s face. A chosen Queen will be one who has beaten all odds stacked against her. One who has survived mental illness, emotional abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, substance abuse, human trafficking, trauma, HIV/AIDS, and/or a life-threatening illness.
The program includes 12 days of empowerment, motivational activities, self-love & self-care tips, shopping, and gifting streamed via Webinar. Our intent is to connect women from all backgrounds and experiences with one common theme, healing. Our primary goal is to promote self-love while spreading mental health awareness. We aim to build a network of powerful advocates who know the importance of uplifting and supporting one another. We are better together. Most importantly, we want to teach others how to heal, survive, and become better versions of themselves in a safe, non-judgmental space.
Give Love On Christmas
BOHEMIA Cares was awarded several CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act grants. The grants were used to help low-income families in Jacksonville, Warren, and North Little Rock, Arkansas during the holiday season. The first grant provided funding for our "12 Days of Love" Program, a multi-day empowerment program administered via Zoom for women only that promoted self-love and mental health awareness.
On December 18, our organization gave away 213 turkeys, books, and plush toys to scholars and their families at Homer Adkins Pre-School in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District in Jacksonville, Arkansas. On December 19, we partnered with Rev. Henry Cox and the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church and Mr. Jerry Daniels, Warren School District Board President and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church to give away 95 bikes to children in Warren, Arkansas. On December 22, we partnered with First Baptist Church - Main Street, North Little Rock under the leadership of Dr. D.L. Richardson to give away 350 coats and turkeys to residents of North Little Rock.